Ancestors of Jacob Sitter
Johann Nicolaus Sitter
Barbara Siffermann
Pierre Phillips
Catharina Barbara Heilmann
Niclaus Sitter
Barbara Phillips
Jacob Sitter
(1827-Cir 1902)


Family Links

1. Mary Kolar

2. Fredericka Lau
3. Mary Crider Donaldson

Jacob Sitter

  • Born: 22 Aug 1827, Zillingen, Lorraine, France
  • Married (1): 1846, Rainham Township, Halimand Co., Ontario, Canada
  • Married (2): 5 Apr 1894, Greenwood Twp., St Clair Co., Michigan
  • Married (3): 6 Mar 1900, Argyle Twp., Sanilac Co., Michigan
  • Died: Cir 1902

   General Notes:

In 1836, when he was 9 years old, Jacob emigrated to America with his parents, landing first in New York City. From there they proceeded overland to the Haldimand County, ON area, settling in Rainham township near present day Fisherville, ON. In 1846 Jacob married Mary Kolar, daughter of James and Susanna Whiting. Mary was born on November 22, 1826, probably in Vermont where her parents were located before their move to Ontario. Jacob spent his younger years as a farmer and lumberman in Ontario before migrating to Michigan in 1860. On July 1, 1861 Jacob bought from the State of Michigan 320 acres of land in Argyle Township, Sanilac County, Michigan. He is recognized as the first permanent settler in Argyle township. This land was 4 miles from any travelled road so it was necessary that he cut a road through to his farm. He built a log cabin to provide shelter for his family, using the clearing from the trees to build a house, and to plant a garden and some grain for his livestock.
Jacob applied for American citizenship in December 1861, renouncing his loyalty to the Emperor of France who at that time was Napoleon II, nephew of Napoleon I. Declaration of Intent to become a Naturalized Citizen is dated December 20, 1861. (The spelling of the name on the document is Seter) Jacob held various local township offices and said his political leanings were Republican. Mary Kolar died on October 6, 1893 and is buried in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Austin Township in Sanilac County, north of Argyle, MI. After her death, Jacob married Fredericka Lau of Greenwood Township, St Clair County, MI on April 5, 1894. He was 66 years old, she was 63. It is believed that Fredericka died shortly after their marriage and Jacob married again to Mary Crider Donaldson on March 6, 1900 at the age of 73. No record of Jacob's death has ever been found either in Sanilac County, nearby Huron County or Arenac County where some of the children moved.

Chrystol Seder (Holmes)
February 18, 1999

Why did they move to Michigan ?.....a possible explanation.....

I'm not sure of the economic conditions in the 1860's and
1870's, but certainly many of the southern townships were
full by that time and it was difficult to purchase farms.
The townships bordering on Lakes Erie and Huron were settled
first. The 'inland' townships, especially those owned by
the Canada Company in North Middlesex and North Lambton were
settled in the 1830's through about 1860. After that time,
uncleared land was hard to find and children of the original
pioneers had to purchases farms as second or third owners.
I think there was some movement away from the area in the
1860's and 1870's, but the major outflow seems
to have started in the 1880's.

November 7, 1998

Source: Land Record for JACOB SEDER (Rootsweb)
Date: 01 Jul 1861
Location: MI,
Document #: 33401
Serial #: MI0970__.400
Sale Type: 272002
Acres: 320.0000
Meridian or Watershed: 19
Parcel: Township 13 N, Range 13 E, Section 10)

Source: Land Record for JACOB SEDER (
Land Office: DETROIT Sequence #: 1
Document Number: 33401 Total Acres: 320
Misc. Doc. Nr.: Signature: Yes
Canceled Document: No Issue Date: July 01, 1861
Mineral Rights Reserved: No Metes and Bounds: No
Survey Date: Statutory Reference: 3 Stat. 566
Multiple Warantee Names: No Act or Treaty: April 24, 1820
Multiple Patentee Names: No Entry Classification: Sale-Cash Entries

Legal Land Description:
# Aliquot Parts Block # Base Line Fractional Section Township Range Section #
Facts about this person:

Fact 1 Abt. 1860
changed name to Seder


Immigration, 1860, Zillingen, Lorraine, France. To Michigan, Sanilac Co., Argyle Twp

Fact, Abt 1860, Changed Name To Seder.

Jacob married Mary Kolar, daughter of James Kolar and Susanna Whiting, in 1846 in Rainham Township, Halimand Co., Ontario, Canada. (Mary Kolar was born on 22 Nov 1826 in Rainham Township, Halimand Co., Ontario, Canada, died on 6 Oct 1893 in Argyle Twp., Sanilac Co., Michigan and was buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Austin Twp., Sanilac Co., MI.)

Jacob also married Fredericka Lau on 5 Apr 1894 in Greenwood Twp., St Clair Co., Michigan. (Fredericka Lau was born in 1831 in Germany.)

   Marriage Notes:

Marriage Record for Jacob SEDER
Spouse: Fredericka Lau
Date: 5 Apr 1894
Place: Greenwood
B/G: Groom
Residence: Argyle
Age: 66
Born: Germany
Father: Nicholas Seder
Mother: Barbara Phillips
Witness: Nicholas Vogeli & Geo. Knisley, both of Greenwood
Minister: Otto Moellmer, Min.
Occupation: Farmer
County and State: St. Clair Co. MI

Jacob also married Mary Crider Donaldson on 6 Mar 1900 in Argyle Twp., Sanilac Co., Michigan. (Mary Crider Donaldson was born in 1840 and died WFT Est 1903-1936.)

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